Let’s get Syrian kids back to school

More than a quarter of a million Syrian refugee children in Lebanon can’t attend school. Let’s change that.

One in every five people currently in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee. Lebanon hosts the largest percentage of refugees in the world given its population, with more than one million Syrian refugees registered in a country of just 4.5 million citizens. All these people living in an area less than a quarter of the size of Tasmania. More than half the refugees are children, and 48% of them aged 6-14 are out of school. That’s 250,000 kids.

Working through ACT Alliance members in the region, including the Middle East Council of Churches, and local churches in Lebanon, UnitingWorld will support churches as they meet the needs of those within their communities, focusing on training teachers and educating refugee children.

Church-run schools in Lebanon are educating a large proportion of non-Christian students and they’re committed to teaching a broad curriculum that is accessible and appropriate for children of all faiths. Many of the schools are offering low cost education to refugee children if they have the funding to do so.

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